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Ooh La La, Your Pillows Are Trés Chic

French Kitchen
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Deck out your eating area in a Provençal fashion. Read More »
French Women Secrets
How French women stay hot when they're old! Read More »
Henri's Angst
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Life is meaningless for Henri, the existential French cat. Read More »
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It’s not every morning a girl is lucky enough to wake up next to a Frenchman waiting with a cafe au lait and a warm croissant. But I can dream, can’t I? These chic cotton and machine washable bed pillows from Mod Cloth will get me partway there … and if it doesn’t work out with your latest paramour, maybe you could write “Au Revoir” in permanent marker on the other side? [$29.99, ModCloth]

Is Moldy Cheese The Key To The French Health Paradox?

I'm Dating A Cheeseman
The pros and cons of dating a cheesemonger. Read More »
Chocolate for Health
A bar a day keeps the doctor away! Read More »
Cheese People
Famous fromage -- Paris Stilton, anyone? Read More »

White bread, rich cheeses, and red wine are beloved staples of the Gallic diet. They smoke, they drink, they consume loads of saturated fats… yet they don’t have an obesity problem, they don’t lose their looks with age, and they have the lowest rate of cardiovascular mortality worldwide. What gives, France? We’re not the only ones who are dying to know: researchers call it (and, furthermore, how they get their hair to look so perfectly disheveled without being greasy) “the French paradox” as they seek to explain the link connecting the way the French eat (and, yes, drink) to their long, healthy lifespans, second only to Japan. Keep reading »

Topless Nuns Spray Jesus’s Sperm In Paris Protest

Obama On Gay Marriage
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The president comes out in support of same-sex unions! Read More »
Unequal Pay Protest
Find out why Swedish feminists burned $13,000. Read More »
Gay Scaremongering
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This gay marriage scaremongering ad is so bad it's good. Read More »

Topless nuns were seen hosing down anti-gay marriage demonstrators with “holy sperm” last Sunday in Paris.

Go ahead. Read that sentence again.

Of course, these weren’t real nuns! FEMEN, the breast-baring Ukrainian women’s movement, is famous for spreading awareness about a cause through nudity. When FEMEN found out that more than 100,000 Catholics would be protesting against France’s legislation to allow gay marriage and adoption, they got their weapons ready. With various slogans written across their chests, including “In Gay We Trust” and “Fuck God,” Femen members got creative with baby powder, spraying the mist on protesters, calling it “Jesus Sperm.” Keep reading »

Paris, For Less Than The Price Of A Plane Ticket

Paris vs. New York
Snag the book, out now. Read More »
365 Days In Paris
Leonora lived in Paris for a year and brought us along with her. Read More »

I am much too obsessed with Paris for my own good, especially considering that I’ve never been there. I’m enamored of the idea of it, so when I do eventually go (and, by God, I will), there is a decent chance that I will be hideously disappointed. With that in mind, I’m significantly less interested in purchasing tickets to Paris than I am in purchasing photography books that portray it as idealistically as I do in my head. Why go all the way there just to be let down when I can sit right here and just pretend that I’m there and it’s awesome? Paris, Portrait of a City, “the true family album of all Parisians,” is just the glossy 544-page photo book I need to sustain my delusions, and with its chronological layout spanning photographers from Daguerre to Cartier-Bresson, it’s a solid lesson in European history, too. We’ll always have Paris, after all. [$69.99, Taschen]

Ouch: France To Unveil A Statue Depicting Carla Bruni As … A Working Woman

French First Lady Fashion
What Does François Hollande's Election Mean For French First Lady Fashion?
Valérie Trierweiler throws down the gauntlet. Read More »
Carla Bruni's Vices
Carla Bruni photo
She missed smoking and drinking while pregnant. Read More »
First Lady Beauty Contest
Michelle showed Carla who's boss. Read More »

Carla Bruni certainly made her mark as one of the more, uh, contentious first ladies ever to hit French office: the longtime singer and model, not to mention the heiress to an industrial dynasty, made ceaseless waves with her swank wardrobe, party-girl past, and dubious intentions when she wed recently divorced French president Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007. Sarkozy vacated office earlier this year (in favor of François Hollande, whose own live-in girlfriend has stirred up quite a bit of national strife herself), but his disheartening political demise was far and away from the last we’ve seen of the couple — Mr. and Mrs. Sarkozy have recently found themselves mired in allegations of corruption over illegal cash donations the former president may or may not have received from Liliane Bettencourt, the heiress to L’Oreal and France’s richest woman. And if you thought the disgraced couple’s public humiliation saturation point had maxed out (one would assume, after their mansion and offices were raided by police last month), well, it’s time to reconsider. Keep reading »

Drinking And Driving In France? Better Have Your Breathalyzers!

Too Drunk?
If you're a drunk woman who gets raped, will you be taken seriously? Read More »
Drunk Dialing
Four sobriety apps for the iPhone to stop drunk dialing. Read More »

Breathalyzers aren’t just for the po-po any more: In France, a new law requires every driver to carry two breathalyzers in their car. The intent to decrease the amount of drunk driving accidents by having drivers test themselves with breathalyzers before they decide to drive home inebriated. Keep reading »

France Launches A Massive Ad Campaign Targeting Owners Of Counterfeit Luxury Goods

$77 Million In Fake Goods
Operation Holiday Hoax II seized everything from lights to football jerseys. Read More »
Fake Chanel No. 5
Your discount perfume is actually pee and antifreeze. Read More »
Counterfeit Uggs
The government seized $325 million worth of the terrible shoes. Read More »

The production of counterfeit luxury goods is a criminal offense, and designers have always been vocal in their condemnation of the practice. Last week, Prada chief executive officer (and Miuccia’s husband) Patrizio Bertelli stoked controversy when he shared his opinion on the matter, saying, “Fake goods aren’t totally bad; at least it created jobs at some counterfeit factories.” He went on to reason, “We don’t want to be a brand that nobody wants to copy.” When questions arose, a Prada spokesman justified Bertelli’s statement, proceeding to say that “the quote is part of an extended conversation” that acknowledged the way in which “the market of counterfeits is an objective reality for successful brands and how this phenomenon has its own reality, also in terms of manufacturing, that is very structured.” This kind of progressive attitude, previously unheard of amongst the high fashion flock, is a natural extension of the fact that these activities will continue to exist, so why not put a positive spin on it? Keep reading »

“Think Like A Man” Allegedly Banned In France Because It’s Not “Diverse” Enough

Tokenism?
Erica says lay off "Girls" for being all-white and give black girls a show. Read More »
Race On
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Teyonah Parris on playing "Mad Men"'s first black employee. Read More »
Where Are Black Folks?
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Matt Weiner explains why there aren't more black folks on "Mad Men." Read More »
Rihanna Called N-Word
Jackie magazine refers to Rihanna as "N----Bitch." Read More »
Think Like A Man

“Think Like A Man,” the new Tyler Perry romantic comedy [Update: based on a book by Steve Harvey] about black women and men, has allegedly been banned in France because officials say the film is not diverse enough. According to blogger Fabienne Flessel at the blog Global Voices:

Surprising as it may be, the answer lies in the fact that the film has an all-black cast. French cinema is often pointed at for not fairly displaying all components of the country’s multiethnic population. 

It is unclear, though, whether “Think Like A Man” has literally been banned, or if it just is not being screened. But the Global Voices blogger and several other French-speaking bloggers quoted/translated in his article seem adamant that someone in a position of power in France is uninterested in promoting films by and about black folks. One blogger claims “Tyler Perry’s movies are never scheduled in any French movie theaters or are only released in DVDs, even thought he has been used to leading the U.S. box office.”  Keep reading »

What Does François Hollande’s Election Mean For French First Lady Fashion?

Carla Bruni's Vices
Carla Bruni photo
She missed smoking and drinking while pregnant. Read More »
First Ladies Coordinate
I don't think these matching outfits are a coincidence. Read More »
First Lady Beauty Contest
Michelle showed Carla who's boss. Read More »

It grieves me to see Nicolas Sarkozy leave French office, and why? Because I am positively enraptured by his wife (okay, fine, I’m also really worried about what this means for anti-Semitism in France). Her life (and Wikipedia page) reads like a dramatic novel: a nine-year-old heiress to a tire fortune moves to Paris to flee a wave of kidnappings by a revolutionary group active in Italy and later leaves her prestigious art school at age 19 to become a model. I’m sorry, is that a bit of an understatement? In the ’90s, Bruni earned an average of $7.5 million a year working for houses such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, and Chanel, which landed her well among the ranks of the highest-paid fashion models. She dated both Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger at varying points during her career before quitting fashion in 1997 to become an incredibly successful pop singer in France.

Carla Bruni has always been influential, to say the least, but her worthy presence in the gossip pages was all but solidified in 2007 by her marriage to the newly divorced Sarkozy after a four-month courtship. The star underwent a sort of moral metamorphosis (before meeting Sarkozy, she had proclaimed herself as “forever left wing”) and has been tabloid fodder since, yielding criticism from every direction. Her luxe wardrobe sparked controversy as the nation succumbed to a recession, not to mention the publication of compromisingly risqué photographs from her modeling days. As far as First Ladies go, I daresay Bruni is — was — as scandalous as they come. She’s also the most chic, with a predisposition to innately glamorous, infinitely expensive dressing. Keep reading »

Life Is Meaningless For Henri, The Existential French Cat

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L’enfer c’est les autres. Hell is other people. And other cats. No one knows this more than Henri, the existential French cat. He’s black and white, of course. And no one, no one, knows his torment. [The FW]

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